§ 13. Mr. Skinnard
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can now state when the ex gratia payments to United Kingdom British subjects in respect of losses incurred as a result of Japanese occupation will be made.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
Payments under the scheme, which I announced on 27th June in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benson), were begun on 15th July and are continuing as rapidly as circumstances permit.
§ Mr. Skinnard
But is my right hon. Friend aware that some of the claimants under this scheme have received no payment at all so far, and that it is a matter of urgency because their claim relates to furniture which was destroyed and they have not been able to replace it?
§ Mr. Wilson
I know that at the beginning of this scheme early this year there were considerable difficulties to be overcome, but I am sure they are being overcome and the rate of dealing with these applications should speed up considerably.
§ Mr. Douglas Marshall
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether this also includes the Philippines?